Date of Stay: August, 2014
The good: The park is a short walk into town and conveniently located. Seems to be more popular with the ATVers and off-road motorcycle crowd, as you can ride right out of the park and up to the trails. Our site was fairly level, the 50 amp power worked well and water pressure was great. There was a small grass "pet area" directly across from us that was also very convenient. The laundry room was clean although we didn't need to use it for anything more than getting a Wi-Fi signal. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The Bad: The entire park is part gravel, patches of grass here and there and mud. When it rains it's a bit of a mess so you had better have a patio rug to put outside your door. Wi-Fi signal was unusable even though we were parked within about 60' of the office. Had to go sit in the laundry room to be able to do anything. Some sites have the power and sewer on the wrong side requiring you to either park opposite direction of your neighbor or run all your hookups under your rig. This is a no frills park and it worked for our needs but I do wish they would bring in a lot more gravel to help with the mud situation. I would likely try and get into the park on the other end of town or dry camp at one of the wonderful locations that are so available in the area on our next visit to Silverton.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Price reflects winter rate. Park is locally owned and operated, owners live on site and are extremely helpful and friendly. After finding that a nearby campground had raised it's rates from $10 to $21/night for primitive camping it was a no brainer to come up here and have full hookups and wifi. The park has roomy, grassy sites and is very well kept and clean. There is a small store/office and the owners were adding a large room off the side for group gatherings while we were there. During the off season the owners have been very gracious to allow us to park our truck/boats in a site next to our RV or in the adjacent storage lot they also own at no extra cost. We love the area for bass fishing and being able to have room for not only the RV but our boats and tow vehicles is an added bonus. Water pressure and electricity was good. Wifi costs extra but is generally acceptable if not a bit slow. Long and short of it, we will from now on only come here and choose to give our money to the small local family rather than give it to the corporation that has taken over the nearby campground.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
This used to be a National Recreation Area campground like many along the shores of Lake Roosevelt. It USED to be a beautiful park that like the others was very inexpensive and a gem of a park for families that want a nice place to camp but don't have a lot of money. On our latest visit we were shocked and infuriated that this park, built and paid for by tax dollars has been handed over to the local indian tribe corporation "Dakota America". They instantly raised the price per night to $21; keep in mind there are no hookups. Also, the restrooms were closed and the water there wasn't turned on. Despite watching the "manager" come and go from the restroom building 4 times one day when asked why they weren't open and what was our $21/night paying for he acted as if he was surprised that they weren't open and working. The biggest issue we had is that reservations can be made online but no one is putting tags on the posts to tell you if a site is reserved. So our friends arrive, pick a spot and are moved out of it 30 minutes later when someone with a reservation arrived. Inexcusable. We were told it was OUR responsibility to go online before picking a spot to be sure it wasn't reserved, something easier said than done when there isn't any cell service or internet available down there. Long and short the taxpayers have been screwed out of another one of the beautiful gems we paid for in favor of big money and big corporations who get to take over these campground for free and then jack up the rates. We will never return to Keller Ferry to camp. Sad.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Of all the choices for RV parks in Moab, this one is just the best choice. We have come to Moab many times and stayed at other parks but just continue to come back to Canyonlands. Being in the center of town, it is a very close walk to shopping, restaurants, hardware stores, etc. Like all campgrounds here, the internal roads are gravel and during dry weather it is very dusty. Thus the reason for the 5mph speed limit and the speed bumps. If you are popping open your cabinets and hopping your towed vehicle on the speed bumps, you are the reason the bumps were installed! You are driving too fast! To the management's credit they are very serious about this, and we have seen more than one group tossed out without refund for not complying with this rule! This is a big reason we come back; the staff cares and takes care of this place. Most all sites have paved parking pads with a paved patio area and picnic tables. Contrary to other reviews this is big rig friendly as we routinely see rigs in the 40-45' range in the park. I'm not saying it isn't tight, but if you can't get a 40 footer in here you don't know how to drive your rig. We make reservations at least 6 months in advance and have found the 50amp power more than capable meeting all our needs, and water pressure is also very good. Despite the fact that this park has some of the best shade trees in town, you can still manage to get a good satellite lock in most all sites. Be warned that the park shares a fence line with the high school so the marching band will be your alarm almost every morning around 7:15 with their practice and Friday night is football night (unless there is an away game), but it usually quiets down by 10pm. Because it is in the middle of town, the occasional dust storms that can pop up do not effect this park like it does the ones on the south end of town. This is a great park with great management. Price reflects the monthly rate. Rated an 8 out of 10 because there aren't enough speed bumps!
Date of Stay: September, 2012
After doing some research for places that could accommodate a larger RV outside the west entrance of Mt. Rainier Natl. Park near Ashford we found very little available. A nearby RV park (Monthaven) is the only place available that has hook-ups but their web site basically read as though RV'rs and their guests are not welcome so we remembered the Sahara Creek DNR Horse camp which is located about 8 miles outside the park entrance. Sahara Creek (Nicholson) horse camp is in a beautiful wooded setting. Most sites are very large and roomy pull throughs that would accommodate the longest RV and a trailer or Toad with ease. Most of the sites have picnic tables and fire grates. There is a central grassy area that features,of all things, horse shoe pits for playing a round of horse shoes (bring your own shoes) and a building that houses a dozen or more picnic tables for group gatherings under cover when the weather isn't so good. There are two water spigots available and pit toilets. There is no garbage service so pack out what you bring in please. On busy weekends or holidays the park is usually packed with horse trailers and riders as the campground serves a large system of horse trails. During the off seasons and mid week the campground can be all but deserted. We had the whole place nearly to ourselves for the 3 days we stayed here. As it is a horse camp you can expect to find some horse fritters, mule muffins, you know horse crap around the area although most of the horse people are good about cleaning up after their animals. There is no daily charge for using the campground however a Washington State Discover Pass is required. Passes can be obtained at Walmart, sporting goods stores or almost anywhere fishing and hunting licenses are sold for $35 for a yearly pass or $11 for daily passes. Passes can also be bought online. If you don't need hookups and need a place to park a big rig while you explore the area and or Mt Rainier Natl. Park, or just need a place to pull in for a night, this park is an awesome alternative to the local nu-hospitable and expensive RV park. We loved our stay and will be back again. Price of $1 is because you can't enter zero in the field. There is no fee other than the above stated passes.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
Fort Spokane CG is a National Park Service (NPS) campground and true to most NPS campgrounds it features large sites (Our 37' motorhome, Jeep Liberty and bass boat fit in our site) that are well maintained. Park employees were roaming the park almost every day of our 5 day stay keeping things clean. The bathrooms feature flush toilets that were also very clean, no showers are available however a large utility sink is available. The campground has 67 individual sites and a couple of group sites. It is open year-round, however drinking water is shut off in winter. Water spigots were numerous and within hose reach of many of the sites but they do not have hose threads so refilling your water tank would require use of a Water Thief hose adapter (Google it, they are useful little items). The campground is located on the Spokane Arm of LK. Roosevelt and is within about 3/4 mile from the confluence with LK Roosevelt. Numerous docks are provided with varying amounts of free moor-age for boats depending on the lake level. A boat launch is also available. We come here for the bass fishing but walleye and very large trout are also plentiful in the lake. Just across the street is historic Fort Spokane. There is a nice museum here and a few buildings left as well as a self guided walking path and tour around the site. The horse stables are spectacular to walk through, and a little eerie. Across the bridge is the Indian casino and RV park/marina as well as a gas station/convenience store with propane available. As the park is only a little over an hour from Spokane it is packed on weekends and popular holidays, reservations are highly recommended. We will definitely be back to this park as soon as we can.
Date of Stay: February, 2012
Driving by on Hwy 101 you will see a sign for this park but little else. If you didn't know what a gem it was you would just keep on driving. The sites are paved, level, include a nice picnic table and fire grate and extra space to park a tow or toad vehicle. Each site has its own little patio light. Sites towards the harbor are pull in with the hookups near the street so that they are in the correct place for head in parking. On the "ocean" side they are back in sites so if you want to park "head in" you will have to run the hookups under your rig. Internal sites are up on a bit of a hill so that they are elevated so as to have a great view above the roofs of the rigs below. Wi-fi works great and is included in the price. There is a recreation center, but we did not use it. Office staff was very helpful and friendly. Price reflects a promotional price for Presidents Day, stay Mon/Tue, get Wed free; we stayed 4 nights for the price of 3. Normal price would be 32/night for the waterfront view sites. I would highly recommend reservations if coming on a weekend or during the summer months. We will definitely be back.
Date of Stay: February, 2012
The Good: The sites across from the office are level and grassy, access is easy and quick, right off of I-5. Easy access to Vancouver and Portland. Staff was friendly enough when I went in to pay. The not so good: If you arrive after business hours there is no self check in. The office is only open from 9 to 5 so if you arrive late and leave early, I guess you don't pay, more of an issue for the park than the RVer I guess. Sign on the desk in the office says they don't accept cash (I thought that was against federal law as paper money says "for all debts public and private" on it, but I digress. If you don't use checks or carry a credit card I guess you are out of luck. However, the noise has to be the worst issue and is out of the park's control. The airport gets very few flights after 11pm, and we heard no trains, but as the park is right on a street with lots of traffic and shares a driveway with a trailer park where they must issue one of those raspy, loud, obnoxious mufflers to every resident on move in, it is hard to get a quiet night's sleep. We stayed at another RV park which is within a stones throw from the end of the runway at Portland airport and it was much quieter. If you need a place to stay for a night, it will do, but if you don't need hookups, stay across the street in the mall parking lot for free and be on your way early. Price reflected a 10% Good Sam discount.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
Since our group was to do a climb of Mt St Helens this CG was a good base for the trip and it is where you have to pick up your passes for the hiking trails so it was convenient. The park has a nice if a bit small pool (we didn't use it) a rec hall with TV, pool tables, couches dining tables and a propane grill outside to use. There is also a shower building and laundry on site. Propane is available if needed. Most of the sites tended to be a bit off-level and we were to the end of our levelers ability to get us there never quite getting fully level front to back. 50 amp power was NOT available at our site and we didn't see evidence of any pull through sites but there may have been one or two. CG was clean and the staff was friendly and not intrusive. There is a cafe on site and seems to be about the only one around as it tended to be quite busy at times. Breakfast was very good but don't expect silverware and china, strictly paper plates and plastic. The breakfast pizza was great as was everything else we tried. Sites are mostly HUGE with room for the biggest of rigs and an additional trailer or boat and two more vehicles! We will camp here again if hiking the mountain or visiting the area. Would have ranked higher if the sites were level.
Date of Stay: November, 2010
Office staff were friendly and helpful. Rate reflects Good Sam discount. The park appears to be mostly long term "residents" rather than short term RVrs. However it doesn't have the feel that many parks like that have. The park was clean and not overly cluttered. I don't understand why one reviewer states the sites are short as we had a pull through that accommodated our 37' motorhome AND our toad vehicle (Jeep Liberty) with room to spare. Each site is also double wide at the front so a 2nd car, boat or utility trailer can be parked in your site if need be. As stated before the "pet area" is a small lot across the street from the park and is not real nice. As long as you are a responsible bet owner and clean up after your pet, walking them inside the park was fine. Wi-Fi was $4.95/24 hours and worked extremely well. Sites are paved, large, level and had grass. Unlike the parks on the Vancouver side of the river, here you can open your awning without hitting your neighbors rig. No large trees=great satellite reception. I would have rated this higher if not for being so close to the airport and because noise from distant trains can be heard throughout the night. We would stay here again while visiting friends and family in Portland.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
Located about 10 miles south of Othello off of hwy 17, Scooteney Reservoir campground is run by the Bureau of Reclamation. The lake is a great location for bass, walleye, perch and crappie fishing. All sites are large and paved if not always level, but they are close to it. Each site has a very large gravel area for the picnic table and fire grates. Many sites have views of the lake and easy access to it. Unusual to see is two very nice docks provided free for mooring your boat if you come here to fish. A boat launch with two lanes and a dock are available free of charge. The entire park is very well kept and grassy with lots of shade trees that aren't so obtrusive as to block a rooftop satellite dish or solar panels. Our only complaint is the over abundance of goose droppings throughout the sites near the lake which made taking a walk difficult. A very nice RV dump station is available and there are several drinking water fountains throughout the park that also have spigots on the side that would allow you to connect a hose to fill your water tank if needed. A great picnic area is also available. A word of caution about the lake. Several smaller sections of lake are accessible through small canals. If you do not know the lake, take it very slow! There are areas where rocks are just under the surface and lots of places where the water gets very shallow. This is not a water skiing lake! If you have a fast moving bass boat use your trolling motor, be careful with the big motor and watch the sonar very carefully. We will definitely be back to this little known gem.
Date of Stay: February, 2010
It had been years since I was last here and since then they have added a whole new section closer to the ocean. Only the older sites have sewer connections but they are in densely packed trees in what feels like a swamp. The newer section out towards the ocean all have 20/30/50amp service and water but no sewer. Most of these sites are absolutely beautiful with some having a view of the ocean. In most sites your rooftop satellite dish will work great and they are some of the longest sites I have ever seen anywhere. There is room here for 45' rigs with toads, no problem. This is a year round reservation campground and is the first I have ever seen that does not have registration stations throughout the park, you have to register at the main building on the way in. If you don't make reservations then you are asked to check the "availability" list on the window and then register for one night only. If the office is open then you can register for as long as you like given the site is available for your stay. Reservations are a must for summer months or holiday weekends however in February when we visited (right after Presidents day) there was plenty of sites available. This park has become one of our new favorites.
Date of Stay: February, 2010
As state parks go this one is one of the oldest in Washington according to one of the volunteers here. If you are driving a big rig (37' or longer) I would HIGHLY recommend you don't drive through the campground loops. We were dangerously tight getting through with our 37' Class A because of the trees. I did see evidence of scrapes on several trees by others that weren't as careful as we were. If you have a large rig head straight to the end to the trailer parking section which is all pull through sites. However even this area is tight for maneuvering and when things are wet the area becomes muddy and mucky. Lately our state has been closing down parks due to budget problems and I have seen nicer parks being closed. If you have a small rig or truck camper you might like it here. If you have a big rig, drive on by. Also the RV dump station was closed when we visited. Most all sites are in dense trees so you will see little sun and satellite dishes are all but useless.
Date of Stay: January, 2010
We have stayed here 2 or 3 times while visiting friends in Raymond and while it isn't pretty it is convenient. This is a no frills park, no fire rings, no picnic tables no shade trees and the rates reflect this. It has a beautiful view of the river though and it has always been quiet and restful. On most of our visits there have been semi-permanent residents staying in small trailers. They seem to leave for work early and get home tired so no worries. The adjacent paved walking path is along the river and a nice walk for the pets. When all you need is a good quiet and inexpensive stopping place for the night this is a great park with easy access for large rigs. We will continue to stay here when we are stopping through Raymond and visiting our friends there.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
As with most state parks this one is beautiful. Although not on the water it does have a great view of Wanapum lake from the 10 or so sites located on that side of the park. A walking trail provides access to a grassy and shaded picnic/swimming area and the park does have a nice 2 lane boat launch with two docks. Although the state web site states there is a $7 charge to use the launch we could find no evidence of a pay station and watched as several boaters came and went without fees. Perhaps things are different in the busier summer months. After Labor day the sites are first come first get, no reservations are possible. We noticed the campground getting full every day so you had better plan to get there early. The inner back in sites are generally very wide and the one we chose easily accommodated our 37' motorhome with our bass boat and car parked along side. Only negative was that there was an over abundance of small gnats or flies coming from all the grass which made being outside miserable, I would hope that they could lay down something in the grass to take care of these pests. We loved the park however and will return in the future.